June 2010 Full Board, Committee,
and District Service Cabinet Minutes
Full Board Meeting Minutes
June 1, 2010
Community Board 7 met on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at
Fordham University’s Pope Auditorium. The meeting was chaired by Mel
Wymore, CB7 chair, who called the meeting to order at 6:40 PM. The
following topics were discussed.
Approval of minutes from previous full board
1. The Department of
Transportation’s proposal for a protected bike lane on the east side of Columbus
Avenue from West 96th to West 77th Streets.
• Resolution was not adopted at the Transportation
• Brought to the full Board floor by the Chair.
Presentation by the Department of
Margaret Forgione – Manhattan Borough Commissioner, DoT
Naomi Iwasaki - DoT Bicycle Program
Hayes Lord - DoT
• CB7 voted
in Fall 09 to request DoT to conduct a feasibility study for the installation of
class 1 protected bike lanes on Columbus and Amsterdam
• Proposed lanes modeled on bike lanes installed on 8th and 9th
Avenue in Chelsea.
• Proposal for bike lanes on Columbus Avenue only,
and only from 96th to 77th Streets.
• No proposal for Amsterdam at this
time – determined not to be feasible.
• Columbus Avenue ideal for
protected bike lanes as it is wide enough to accommodate a bike lane without
eliminating traffic lanes.
• Connects to existing (non-protected) bike
lanes at 96th and at 78th/77th Streets.
• Injuries -
implementation of protected bike lanes elsewhere has reduced injuries to all
users (pedestrians, bicyclists) and reduced bike riding on sidewalks by
• Proposed configuration – bike lane at the left (East) lane, with a
buffer zone separating it from a floating parking lane. The buffer
protects bicycles from car doors.
• Installation will narrow
traffic lanes to 10’, which enables DoT to keep 4 traffic
• Narrower lanes “ideal” – slows traffic. Lanes on
Amsterdam are 10’ currently.
• Bike lanes create safer
intersections. At 2-way street intersections, a separate left turn lane
with a bike-only traffic signal and distinctive painting will mark the shift
from a protected lane.
• Concrete islands forming pedestrian refuges
will be installed at intersections of 2-way streets.
intersections – no pedestrian refuges.
• Adding loading zones for
D’Agostino’s, Food City, AMNH – either in lieu of floating parking lane or on a
• Losing 55 metered parking spaces – trade-off for safer
• Muni meters may put back some parking capacity as not bound
by set parking space dimensions.
DoT Responses to Community Board
• Bike lane and buffer on the east side of Columbus lane will
be 11’ as Sanitation Dep’t sweeper and Fire Dep’t need 11’ clearance.
• Deliveries – Food City can load on Columbus, with parking spaces
cleared on West 94th Street for an additional loading zone. D’Agostino’s,
Duane Reade will unload on Columbus.
• DoT will examine data re
results of implementation and report after 6 months. Anticipates making
minor adjustments (as DoT did with the lanes on 8th and 9th
• Picked 77th Street for terminus because it connects with a
(non-protected) E-W bike lane. While the intersection has a high volume of
traffic, DoT uses average, not extreme, volume for planning.
• School bus traffic at 77th and 78th Streets unaffected – no change to
right (West) lane
• Dedicated left turn lanes clearly marked to alert
motorists and bicyclists of shared roadway.
• Delivery zone replaces
floating parking island adjacent to Food City, D’Agostino’s, Duane
• Connection at north and south ends are with non-protected bike
• Will consider installing above 96th after construction
completed and evaluated.
• NYPD will be responsible for enforcement re
both bicyclists and motorists. Traffic pays particular attention when
lanes first launched. Had good success on 8th and 9th Avenues after
• Wide emergency vehicles accommodated at right-most
counts per 12 hour period: 9th Ave in Chelsea =
1300; 77th street =
• Repaving will be milling and
resurfacing, not full reconstruction. Will take 3 weeks to 1
• Muni meters will put back 2 parking spaces per block where
• Narrower 10’ width is standard. Amsterdam and
Broadway are 10’; Interstate lanes are 12’ wide.
• Experience shows that
double-parking decreases next to floating parking. Interesting
• Experience shows decrease in injuries of 30-60% -
can be a significant number of people in high traffic areas.
• Fire and
emergency vehicles can get through as entire width is flat (except
• DoT survey of bike use does not distinguish between delivery
bikes and others.
• Loading zones eliminate parking during the day, but
parking permitted overnight.
• Bike lane can be used by
skateboarders, in-line skaters.
• 10’ lanes “calm” traffic at off
hours, do not slow traffic at high volume times.
Tila Duhaime – Upper West Side
Street Renaissance Campaign:
• Top priority to place a protected bike
lane on dangerous avenues.
• Hundreds of signatures from 3 petition
• 452 separate letters in support, including from businesses,
• Visited with every business on the corridor – most are
positive about the proposed lane.
Peter Arndsten – Columbus-Amsterdam
• Businesses in the BID support the proposal.
• As a cyclist bloodied by collisions with cars, protected
bike lanes are needed.
• Protected bike lane helps riders
learn to love NYC.
• Unprotected bike lanes are
• Promoting cycling benefits the whole city (health,
reducing wear on streets, pollution).
Cynthia Doty – District Leader 69th
• Proposal is well thought out.
• After transition
period, usage will increase for economic, health, safety
• Pedestrian as well as cyclist safety.
Louise Klaber – 74
• Bikes to work along the Hudson.
• Scary on streets
without protected bike lanes.
• Oil spill in
Gulf shows the need for alternatives such as bikes.
Jean Jaworek – Duke
Ellington Boulevard Neighborhood Association:
• Originally, DEBNA had
reservations about bike lane on 106th. Experience positive.
• Residents now regret that this bike lane won’t reach West
Paul Berger –Food City:
• DoT presentation slides do
not show impact on the store.
• Current unloading lane is 12 feet –
narrowing will cause hazard to people unloading and to cyclists.
• No viable solution for truck deliveries to a large store.
• Tom Engel biked everywhere until run over on 6th
Avenue – no bike lane. Terrible injury.
• Did not have to
happen - Up to 50% of injuries will be eliminated.
• DoT research did not include bus drivers. Will increase
length of bus trips.
• Protected bike lane
proposal is an inappropriate solution to the problem.
• Slower traffic
will result in pollution, reduced safety
• Successful in
Chelsea – gets bikes off sidewalks (away protects pedestrians).
Dan Rieber -
West 75th Street Block Assn:
• Promotes safety of all - bikes,
pedestrians and cars.
Tara Maurice – UWS:
• Supports any non-carbon
based transportation method.
• Amsterdam has too much traffic to install
bike lane there.
• SRO tenants support protected bike lanes.
Bikes conserve finances.
• Safety and environmental
considerations among reasons to support.
Berthet – Chair, Community Board 4 Transportation Committee:
• Have an opportunity to save 140 lives
• Trade-off is parking spaces for lives.
Amanda Kale – Manager at Shake Shack:
• Enthusiastic support for protected bike lane.
Nigel Savage – Park West Village:
• While arguments against the proposal are reasonable,
more reasons to support.
• Need to use our space
better. Protected bike lanes part of better use of space for
Clark Vacarro - 12 years old:
• Commute by bike every day to school
• Columbus is a gauntlet with double-parked cars and
• Kids need a safe way to ride to
• White House released report emphasizing
need for kids to exercise more.
Tim Ruckert – Henry’s
Restaurant (Broadway at West 105th Street):
• Important to make streets safer. Protected
lanes will give pedestrians a chance against overwhelming competition from
• As a business owner, does not anticipate
lanes would interfere with business.
Linda Prine -
Physician; President of the NY Chapter of Family Physicians:
• Fighting obesity epidemic; Commuting by bike or
walking is effective way to combat weight.
• Patients say streets are too dangerous.
Eliminate excuses not to exercise.
Mary Beth Kelly:
• Husband was one of the 250 deaths each year from
• Must be
Barbara Adler – Executive Director,
Columbus Avenue BID:
• Commercial businesses and
property owners in support.
• DoT reached out to
businesses to ensure that concerns will be met with adjustments.
• Bikers become potential shoppers.
• Served on CB7 for 22 years, seeking to make UWS less
chaotic and dangerous.
KC Rice (71 years):
• Pedestrian with mobility issues.
• Protected lanes not entirely about bikes.
Promote pedestrian safety too.
• If we do not
implement lanes, DoT will take their money and resources elsewhere.
pedestrians, businesses, cyclists support. Should heed community voice.
• Bicycles are
non-polluting, promote health and fitness, and are fun.
• Suffered serious accident (broken ribs). Can
make streets safer.
• Chelsea example – this
• Bikers are only 4% of New Yorkers; BID supports very
• Truck route through the
neighborhood is needed for local and distant businesses.
Peter Rider - West 91st Street Owners:
• Pendulum swinging against property owners.
Bike lanes enforced even when unreasonable (example of summons for loading
elderly into vehicle).
• W 91st bike lane
• Uses bike lanes to go downtown on protected bike
lanes to shop.
• Bike lane issue led to involvement
in the community for the first time.
• Moved to NYC 30 years ago. Used bike to get to
• May not have had a career without a
• People who use bike lanes are generally
happier than those opposed.
• Should create an
opportunity for children to bike to school; can reduce obesity. .
Lisa Sladkus – UWS Street Renaissance:
• Should prioritize safety, for kids, older adults and
those with mobility issues.
Presentation by Transportation Committee Chairs:
• Committee discussion sought greater specificity on
• Double-parked trucks
already cause gridlock – will be worse with narrower lanes.
• Frustrated by DoT’s refusal to do a comprehensive
traffic study above West 86th Street even as they are proposing to reconfigure
the avenues in that area.
• Merchants will
be affected – making deliveries over a bike lane can’t be good for bikes or
• Side street delivery area will enrage
neighbors and lead to loss of parking.
• Transportation Committee sought but has not received
from DoT a report detailing basis for its conclusion that West End Avenue is not
an option for a bike lane.
• Bike lane will
interfere with Greenmarket trucks.
• Concern for
enforcement – board member hit by delivery bike going wrong way.
• Protected bike
lanes are the right solution. Committee proposed WEA; DoT sought
• Looking for a commutable
corridor. Got 19 blocks instead.
• Many ways
to promote pedestrian safety - shorten distances crossed. Bike lanes only
• Real safety comes from traffic
enforcement re bikes and cars.
• Can also make
neighborhood safer by widening sidewalks.
• Supports protected bike lanes, but must be in the
Remarks by Elected Officials:
Gale Brewer – City Council Member, 6th District:
• Office on 87th and Columbus, lives off Columbus –
knows the route planned for the bike lane.
calls about bikes on sidewalks, going the wrong way on streets. Bike lanes
are the answer.
• Pedestrian safety. Seniors
should not be afraid of bicyclists – makes sense to separate safely.
• Central Park West’s unprotected lane is not
On other topics:
• West-Park Presbyterian Church Landmark – must raise
money together to keep it as a church.
• Helicopters – Worked to strike a deal limiting
flights over residential areas for tourist flights.
• Earphones on tour buses – eliminates noise on
streets, in homes along routes.
• McCourt HS fully
enrolled and preparing for its first year. Great accomplishment for new
Comments by CB7
• Brought this resolution to the Board to air the
issue even though the resolution failed at Committee.
• Many concerns raised – DoT has worked hard to
• “Test” – if it works, should be
extended, if not, mitigation and adjustments to be made to redress.
• Should take a shot.
Discussion and Comments by
Chair to limit Board members to 1 minute, and to speak
Point of order – chair lacks authority to
restrict Board members’ opportunity to speak, or to impose a time limit.
Chair changed from a limit of 1 minute to a request
that Board members speak only for 1 minute.
• No adequate
explanation why WEA is not a better choice.
• Deeply flawed proposal, but better than
none – should take the leap.
• World movement to encourage use of bikes is reaching
NYC – should embrace.
• Should encourage bike use
for health reasons.
• Given importance of issue, and impact on merchants,
it was incumbent upon to DOT to do a study of WEA, even though it would have
been more complicated as a two-way avenue.
• Resolution should state specifically
that evaluation of the implementation should be made after 6 months, and the
results of the evaluation published to CB7 and the community.
ACCEPTED as friendly amendment.
about bike lane – lane is not really protected.
• Columbus is a traffic jam already, with 2 bus
routes, truck route, also route for big buses.
• Lanes too narrow for City buses to pull into/out of
• Not a perfect plan, but good enough. Should
not let the pursuit of the perfect prevent the good.
• Happy to live with the risk of moving slower on
• Concern that what looks good on paper may not be
borne out in practice.
• Loss of parking is
significant. Side street loading zones not a good solution – residents
will be rightly concerned.
• Hudson Greenway is an
• Cherishes riding bike.
• Businesses negatively influenced – question
• Thanks to community for sticking with CB7.
• Lanes are protected because the parked cars form
• After 6 mos – can determine success as a
• Bikes need to know where to
go. Safer when all have a place.
• Monitoring must be real. It is an experiment
Roberta Semer :
• Buffer will provide an ample median for
• Protected bike lanes are much safer –
would use bike here only on protected lanes.
• Prediction of catastrophe for area
business without basis – BIDs support.
• Hard time
understanding what’s wrong with something that looks good on paper.
• Net loss is only 17 parking spaces when net addition
from muni-meters included.
• Dedicated turn lanes
will improve traffic flow – positive for motorists as well as pedestrians,
cyclists. Pedestrian refuges are a significant improvement.
• 12-foot lanes are the width of Interstates – we
don’t want an Interstate in our neighborhood.
• Had been doubtful about 9th Avenue bike
lane downtown, but experience shows it works.
has responded quickly to glitches and problems. Can have confidence they
will on UWS.
• Disappointed that we only get part
of Columbus when asked for Columbus and Amsterdam.
• On balance, we are better off starting with small
• Impressed with DoT proposal and assurances; much to
like in the proposal.
• Skeptical about
after-the-fact indicators. Would like to see CB7’s resolution provide for
a specific role for CB7 involvement in establishing criteria for review and
reporting, including ways to measure or demonstrate that the bike lane actually
reduces conflicts between pedestrians and bikes.
• Criteria should also include an evaluation of impact
on loading zones and side street deliveries.
• Enforcement alone is insufficient to
protect pedestrians. Example of dangerous intersection at 96th and
Broadway despite efforts by officers to tame dangers of oncoming traffic.
• Trucks must be able to get through our
• Street parking reduction
will hurt the vulnerable working middle class who must use streets.
• Pedestrian safety not sufficiently enhanced by this
proposal. Not in balance with needs.
• Strongly in favor.
• Persuaded by community, remarks of committee
members, and BIDs.
• Persuaded by impact on
• 3 reasons why bikes are
dangerous: (a) riding wrong way; (b) riding on sidewalks; (c) failing to
stop at intersections.
• First two will be
redressed by bike lane; third will not be made worse or better.
• Should have more dedicated stop lights for
• Supports for reasons already voiced.
• Supports for reasons already voiced.
• Along with
Community Emergency Response Team members spoke with merchants, parkers,
doormen; 82 people in all.
• 4 areas of concern:
• (a) Safety – corners, doesn’t see how motorists
will be tamed by turns through bike lanes.
Enforcement – long-term unable to be a factor.
• (c) Areas not well planned – loading, greenmarket
are all serious concerns not addressed.
• (d) Sharing bike lane with roller bladders, scooters
– dangerous to bikes and others.
of corridor (connecting with lanes above/below) doesn’t make sense.
• As the head of a school of 400 children, must deal
with consequences of a child hit by a bicycle on a sidewalk about once per
• Any proposal that can succeed in getting
bikes off sidewalks is worth trying.
• Not the proposal that CB7’s Fall resolution called
for or what we were given to expect.
• The absence
of a northbound counterpart is troubling; reliance on the unprotected bike lane
northbound on CPW is insufficient.
pedestrian refuges, but current proposal includes only 3 – need real safety
improvements at every intersection.
• The proposal
does not read as a test. Should get it right before committing
• Not a perfect proposal, but can look at it
• Hoping that lanes can be extended
to Amsterdam and the rest of the distance of Columbus.
• Too many
unanswered questions. Concerns for pedestrian safety still paramount.
• Unfortunate that
we are being forced to look at a segment. Columbus is the wrong place.
• Right thing is to look at whole transportation
systems, not pieces. CB7 is undertaking such a global analysis to inform a
discussion on at that issue. Protected bike lanes are a good part of such
a system, if sited correctly.
corridors are the wrong places for bike lanes.
• That said, must test something. Should be
understood that this is really only a test.
• Strengthen test-language, urge temporariness in
installation so they can be removed if unsuccessful.
• Not ready for a
• Too many problems: cyclists not wearing
helmets, not observing traffic laws, riding on sidewalks.
• Should be required to register bikes, pay fees/taxes
and have insurance like others using roadways.
• Appeal to
bikers to use the lanes once created. Appropriate use of road space for
452 letters presented, only 6 from businesses on Columbus in zone.
[Note: Chair offered a different count]
• Weighing competing interests is difficult job.
• Business & Consumer Issues Committee requires
liquor license applicants to prove their bicycle delivery staff comply with
rules re helmets, vests with name of restaurant visible, etc.
• Enforcement always an issue, and it is not realistic
to expect NYPD to enforce all rules at all times.
• Putting mandates on businesses defeats thriving
• Flawed plan. Asked for a corridor, got a play
area. Need a complete proposal.
• DoT didn’t
look at Amsterdam – no immediate prospect for the whole thing.
• Concern how resolution brought to full Board given
action not taken at Committee.
• Only one
voice heard – more voices in the community than presented at this meeting.
• At committee, when only one side present, typically
adjourn to hear others. Should be done here.
• Proposed friendly amendment – Portion of resolution
calling for increased enforcement should not be limited to the area of the new
bike lane, but rather for increased enforcement throughout CB7’s District.
Should not take enforcement away from other areas to increase presence in the
Chair: Friendly amendment
• Admirable proposal, but does not connect to a real
• Should not be pressured to make a
decision when serious issues have been raised.
• Delivery trucks need room to stop.
• Would vote for this if there could be a definite
study period for extending north and south.
• Sensitive to safety issues for
bikes and cars.
• Traffic count under 900 bikes in
12 hour period (appx 70 per hour). Pales in comparison to car/truck usage
on crowded avenue. Yet proposing to devote 20% of street to bikes.
• Concern for impact on buses in traffic.
Should have combined bike and bus lanes in proposal.
• Alternative solution is to eliminate parking
altogether on one side or another.
• Chelsea model
is less traveled, and has more dedicated turn lanes.
• Plan is incomplete. Only way to get the plan
we need is to bottleneck this plan until it is revisited.
• Enforcement of traffic rules requires that bikes be
licensed with owners identified.
amendment – Approval of bike lane contingent on bike licensing and enforcement
VOTE: 17-25-0-0 – proposed amendment fails.
Barbara Van Buren:
bike lanes are a good idea; but problems should be resolved before approval.
• Deliveries not adequately addressed by DoT.
• Turn lanes system does not make sense.
• Pedestrian safety re bicycles now ignored by
NYPD. Pedestrians more afraid of bikes than cars.
• Would like
to see experiment tried. If unsuccessful, can remove.
situation - many speakers say plan is deeply flawed but will support.
• Urge to support bike lanes is understandable as they
are something we want in our area.
• Concern re
installing 3 concrete piers that reduce Columbus Avenue by 19’.
• Could support if the concrete piers were eliminated
(allowing alternate traffic patterns).
is already impassable – most congested area in our District.
• Would also support alternative of replacing parking
lane with bike lane.
• Buffer without parked cars
would be sufficient protection.
• Make no mistake –
trucks will get through. Impacts on bikes, pedestrians will be the
• Enforcement is a red herring.
• Safety issue is overblown. 300,000 bike trips
in one year – one accident in 50,000 trips.
• Pollution issue is overblown – slowing traffic and
congestion creates more pollution.
• Love the idea of a bike lane.
• Colleagues raised important questions.
Especially the viability of placing lanes on other avenues.
• Needs more work before we are ready to vote.
Margaret Forgione – Borough Commissioner – response to
• DoT did study Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has 10’ lanes, and current traffic flow capacity is needed.
• Hence Amsterdam is not a “no-brainer” that Columbus
was to plan.
• Placing a protected bike lane
on Amsterdam would require removal of travel or parking lane.
• Not willing to propose a lane for Amsterdam at this
• Columbus bike lane has a pair with CPW –
project makes sense.
• Strategy to implement on
Columbus, and then bring community along for Amsterdam.
• WEA not an option for DoT because it would not
connect to lane to the south.
• 6 pedestrian
islands, not 3 – same width as buffer. Made a huge improvement in
• Deliveries over bike lane are not
complicated to solve.
Proposed Amendment: (Hope Cohen):
• That the pedestrian refuges be marked only by paint
and not concrete to enable easy removal if unsuccessful.
Response – Margaret Forgione (DoT): Traffic signals would
need to be placed along floating island, so would need concrete to go
VOTE: 18-17-6-0 – proposed amendment
Proposed Amendment: (Ann Raphael):
• Require DoT to evaluate the results of the
implementation of the bike lanes after 6 months, and to report to CB7 and
revisit issues raised by the evaluation and require CB7 in the decision whether
to revisit, quit, extend/expand, modify, or make permanent the bike lane.
VOTE: 14-25-5-0 – proposed amendment fails.
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the
installation of protected bike lanes on Columbus Avenue between 96th and 77th
Streets was adopted.
Roll Call vote.
Land Use Committee
Richard Asche and Page Cowley, Co-Chairpersons
2. 95 West 95th Street (Columbus Avenue.) Application
[M 920493 (E) ZAM] to Department of City Planning by Columbus 95th Street LLC
requesting a modification of the previously approved Large Scale Residential
Development (LSRD) within the former West Side Urban Renewal Area, to facilitate
the enlargement of the 1st and 2nd stories of an existing 33-story mixed use
building at the above referenced location, to utilize available floor area for
commercial and community facility uses.
Committee Chairs’ Presentation:
• Project was before the Board at the May meeting.
• City Planning allowed an extension of its review
process to allow a second consideration at Committee based on revisions made by
the developer to the plan.
• Proposal has changed
from most recent committee discussion to full Board, as it did in May.
• Applicant worked hard to meet concerns raised at
Michael Sillerman – Kramer Levin, counsel to the
• Developer has made further design
• Heeding admonition to make entrance
on 95th street more inviting, now proposing widening the proposed planting strip
from 3’ to 11’ feet; changing paving materials to blue stone.
• Reduced overhanging cantilever second-storey
projection over 95th Street entrance by 6 feet.
• Committee seeking preservation of building access
corridor mid-block on Columbus front.
• Mid-block Columbus Avenue access limits developer’s
ability to accede to the Board’s request to create swing space so all current
commercial tenants could operate during renovations.
• Right of first refusal/first offer already delivered
to store owners.
Richard Asche (Co-Chair):
• Committee sought to condition approval on 3
• (1) Removal of cantilever
on 95th Street side entrance -- Developer has reduced, not eliminated.
• (2) Preserving current walkway from Columbus to
building entrance -- Developer has not addressed.
• (3) Giving current retail stores a binding right of
first offer/first refusal, with the store owners determining whether the
condition has been satisfied -- Not clear whether this has yet been done.
• None of conditions definitively met as yet.
• Resolution seeks to memorialize these
Ceding time to
Health Food store:
Anne Cottavoz – Owner, current Health Food Store
• Board seeking balance and to treat all
• Have been seeking to
negotiate with good faith with the developer/landlord since May meeting.
• Attempts to negotiate now for a lease renewal to
span the renovations have been rejected. Developer concerned about quoting
a price now without knowing final square footage, rates.
• Raised proposal to cap developer’s renovation
expenditures for the store – no discussion ensued.
• Long delays between discussions, developer unwilling
to commit to a finite position.
first refusal letter late Sunday on Memorial Day weekend, two days before Board
meeting. Letter contained few terms, no assurance that store could remain,
no commitment to financial agreement re rebuilding or relocating the
• Developer offered to commit $50K to
rebuild store if supported proposal at CB7 and City Planning.
• Concern over ability to continue the small business
built over 16 years, and over respect.
community members ceded time to and/or supported the statement made by Ms.
Cottavoz: Joanna Hixon, Elinor Cohen, Emily Margolis, Clare Dockery,
Marcia Benowitz, Tina Pelikan, Katina Ekstrom, Margot Nash, Patrick Finnegan
Penny Chong – Hunan Park (current commercial tenant):
• Landlord has been non-responsive since last
• Hope landlord will allow this small
business to continue to operate.
The following members of the community addressed one or
of the following points:
Stephanie Flately; Orin Kotula;
Anthea Lingeman; Ben Wolinsky; Edward Green; Rhoda Green; Nydia Leaf; Irving
Polsky; Steve Kaplan (93rd-94th Streets Preservation Alliance); Jane Wilson
(neighboring small business owner); Cathy Unsino
• Should preserve mom and pop businesses on the
• Should not take away community open space,
including extra-wide sidewalks.
• Wide sidewalks
and trees were the benefit exchanged for a taller tower – should keep.
• Retail at this location is already vital and active
– does not need revitalizing per zoning amendment.
• Proposed 2-storey appropriate for retail on
Madison Avenue, not our neighborhood.
• Should not
displace mature trees on wide sidewalks.
• Community does not need more empty expensive retail
• Need property owners to take care
of existing conditions.
• Jobs will be lost
– over 40 people working in these mom and pop stores.
• This neighborhood evolved to be desirable with its
character and charm.
• Recently added retail
(e.g. at Columbus Square) is out of character with the neighborhood.
• 4,000 signatures on petition to leave these stores
• Should not approve proposal if it
enlarges the neighborhood’s carbon footprint
• Plaza should be improved without give-away re
• Building already as tall
as controversial 808 Columbus, should not grant more floor area.
• Retail on 96th and Columbus will crowd the bus
• Sets a terrible precedent.
• Small businesses struggling since Koch
administration – should preserve against this action.
• Aging in place should be supported both for
residents and for the small businesses that serve them.
Michael Sillerman – Developer’s Counsel’s response:
• Developer has sent letters to current commercial
tenants offering first refusal of new space to be constructed at then-prevailing
fair-market rates. [read portion of letter]
(health food store) is a wonderful and desirable tenant.
• Developer has reconfigured space to meet Board’s
• Tenants have leases of limited
terms, some have demolition clauses. Specifics of lease negotiations
should be left to landlord and tenant.
has offered economic concessions and relocation expenses to Health Food
• Exception to rule requiring
developer outside Lincoln Square to build to the lot line.
• Text amendment never envisioned that
every building would build out to the maximum – not to replicate a design style
that was determined to be unsuccessful.
• Resolution drafted by Land Use Committee called for
specified design changes and actions.
remediation for retail tenants - that developer “do its utmost,” including swing
space, staging construction, ensuring new space would accommodate their
• Developer has not met our three
conditions. Should not approve.
• Not a good policy for the Board
to adjudicate commercial lease transactions and disputes.
• (Example of unsuccessful attempts to preserve
• Board is not in a position
to determine if conditions have been met.
• Reword resolution to disapprove expansion unless it
includes a break for access on Columbus.
conform last “be it further resolved” to match previous format.
• Committee took up
this nuanced issue well. Sought commitment by the developer to grant a
right of first refusal to existing tenants. Attorney’s testimony is that
this was done.
• Board should not be arbiter of a
specific result in lease negotiations with commercial tenants. No
one can guarantee a renewal or a particular rent when lease expires.
should be styles as a disapproval unless conditions met, rather than approval
provided conditions met.
After deliberation, the
resolution to approve with conditions was not adopted.
New Resolution – To disapprove the application unless
the conditions specified in the originally proposed resolution are met.
Planning can only deal with conditions relating to the zoning
• City Planning cannot make
the developer treat commercial tenant in any particular way.
After deliberation, the second proposed resolution to
disapprove unless specified conditions are met was adopted.
• Right of first refusal/first offer - Developer not
obligated to offer anything.
Adam Meagher, Department of City Planning:
• Manhattan workshop on Comprehensive Waterfront
planning for all 500 miles of City’s shoreline.
• June 8th at Murray Bergtraum HS near Bklyn
• Mandated to finish in one year.
Details at nyc.gov/planning – follow link on first page.
Peter Arndsten – Columbus-Amsterdam BID:
• Manhattan Valley Community Days were wonderful
• Upcoming “Make Music NY” another
good community event (6/21)
Jared Chausow – State Senator Tom Duane’s Office:
• Sponsored legislation to facilitate ability to
register as an organ donor on-line.
Tara Alport – Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal’s
• A-M at work in Albany; refers to calendar
and fact sheet to conserve time at a long meeting.
Corey Peterson – Manhattan Borough President Scott
• Community Board budget
allocations restored to $198K level.
Revision going forward – BP’s office assisting public in understanding
• Successful information forum for
tenants affected by Pinacle class action lawsuit - thanks to Charles Simon and
Housing Committee for assistance.
office providing expert training sessions for new board members.
• Public hearing on the need for a school at Riverside
Center, and the attributes of the school needed, was success.
• Rent guidelines sessions planned to supply advocates
with info for info advocacy.
• Hearings scheduled
for review and comment on the proposed Riverside Center project:
• June 3rd - information session with presentations by
Extell and CB7, at 1835 Broadway (61st Street).
• June 15th – Public Hearing at PS 191, 61st Street
between WEA and Amsterdam.
• June 29th – Working
Group meeting at CB7
• July 6th – discussion and
potential vote, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd Street).
Land Use Committee
and Page Cowley, Co-Chairpersons
3. Department of City Planning’s proposed citywide
text amendment to the Zoning Resolution that will create regulations to allow
car share vehicles to park in off-street accessory garages and lots and in
public parking facilities in all zoning districts.
• Clarifying text amendment to ensure that limits or
caps on car-sharing does not limit zip cars
deliberation, the resolution to approve the proposed text amendment was
Andrew Albert and Dan Zweig, Co-Chairpersons
4. Application #1342402 to the Department of Consumer
Affairs by Islam Amirul to construct and operate a newsstand at the northwest
corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 59th Street.
deliberation, the resolution to approve the application was adopted.
5. Broadway and West
96th Street intersection.
• Current condition allowing two turn lanes to advance
simultaneously is unnecessarily dangerous, with many near misses.
• Should revise plan to isolate each turn lane.
After deliberation, the following resolution to revise
the turn lane procedure was adopted.
DOT has installed advance left turns for both
north and southbound Broadway at West 96th Street.
These parallel movements are extremely confusing to
motorists, resulting in many near-miss accidents between vehicles turning
The pegatracks DOT has installed are so
worn away that at nighttime they are virtually worthless.
DOT has used the subway construction at West 96th Street as
an excuse to not change anything there.
construction is winding down and will be finished in late September/early
Community Board 7 doesn't want a death to occur
here regardless of the construction.
THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED THAT Community Board 7/Manhattan requests the urgent change to the
simultaneous advanced left-turn arrows on Northbound and Southbound Broadway
without further delay.
Lenore Norman and Gabrielle Palitz,
6. 130-132 West 70th Street (Broadway- Columbus
Avenue.) Application #10-5379 to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to
construct rooftop and rear-yard additions, reconstruct a stoop and alter the
Presentation by Lenore Norman and Gabby
• Front façade restoration
presented no issue and was readily approved by the Committee.
• Original rear elevation and rooftop addition were
out of scale and read as a single building, which was inappropriate to the
character of the rear yard.
presented substantially revised plans at a second meeting held immediately prior
to the full board meeting.
included the separation of the rear façade to distinguish between the two
separate elevations (even though entirety of the existing structure other than
the front façade will be removed and replaced with a new structure, but one that
will preserve the appearance of party walls in the front rooms so that the
buildings will continue to read as two separate structures from the front.
• Essential concerns of the Committee were met by
the revised proposal.
• Two separate resolutions
originally proposed. Resolution “A” was to approve the front façade,
resolution “B” was to disapprove the rear façade and rooftop addition.
• At tonight’s pre-meeting, the Committee adopted a
substitute resolution to approve the rear yard elevation and rooftop addition as
“minimally appropriate” to the character of the rear yard.
After deliberation, the resolutions to approve the (A)
front façade restoration and (B) rear elevation and rooftop addition were
7. 101 West 80th
Street, aka 418-422 Columbus Avenue. Application #10-6585 to the
Landmarks Preservation Commission for window replacements.
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the
application was adopted.
8. 56 West 66th
Street, ABC (Central Park West-Columbus Avenue.) Application to the
Landmarks Preservation Commission for a facade restoration, an ADA-compliant
ramp, three new doors in existing entrances, parapet extensions, an elevator
tower, stair bulkheads, modernization of mechanical equipment and replacement of
• Architects and owner aligned and
sensitive to exceeding, not just meeting, appropriateness standard.
• This project and its architects and owner are a
model for others to follow.
After deliberation, the
resolution to approve the application was adopted.
9. 115 West 69th
Street (Columbus-Amsterdam Avenues.) Application to the Landmarks
Preservation Commission for a rear-yard addition.
• The entirety of the rear-yard addition was
• The proposed rear façade contained
too much glass, no masonry definition or articulation.
After deliberation, the resolution to disapprove was
10. 27 West 74th
Street (Central Park West- Columbus Avenue.) Application to the
Landmarks Preservation Commission for a stoop alteration.
• Stoop renovation – replacing current stoop landing
with a curved return that is more in keeping with an original design, and
provides greater light and access to the ground floor.
After deliberation, the resolution to approve was
11. 113 West 88th
Street (Columbus – Amsterdam Avenues.) Application #10-8012 to the
Landmarks Preservation Commission to legalize alterations to the areaway
completed in non-compliance with Certificate of No Effect 00-3158.
• Applicant failed to appear at Committee.
• Per typical practice, resolution to disapprove
without prejudice to reconsideration if the application should present the
proposal to the Committee and Board at a later time.
After deliberation, the resolution to disapprove without
prejudice was adopted.
Business & Consumer
Michelle Parker and George
12. Applications to the SLA for a
two-year liquor licenses:
• 142 West 65th Street
(Broadway) RA Patina, d/b/a To Be Determined.
• 100 West 82nd Street (Columbus Avenue) 100 West 82nd
Street LLC, d/b/a/ Ditch Plains.
• 200 West 60th
Street (Columbus Avenue.) Renewal application DCA# 0984345 to the Department of
Consumer Affairs by Heledona, Inc., d/b/a Olympic Flame Diner, for a two-year
consent to operate an enclosed sidewalk café with 11 tables and 32 seats.
After deliberation, the resolution to approve the
applications was adopted.
Broadway (West 77th – 78th Streets.)Renewal application DCA# 1262190 to
the Department of Consumer Affairs by Cosi, Inc., d/b/a Cosi, for a
two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 4 tables and 10
After deliberation, the resolution to disapprove
the application was adopted.
14. Unenclosed Café
• 433 Amsterdam Avenue (West 80th - 81st Street.)
Renewal application DCA# 1027125 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Haru
Amsterdam Avenue Corp., d/b/a Haru, for a two-year consent to operate an
unenclosed sidewalk café with 7 tables and 22 seats.
• 442 Amsterdam
Avenue (West 81st – 82nd Street.) Renewal application DCA# 0953744 to
the Department of Consumer Affairs by 442 Amsterdam Restaurant Group,
d/b/a Gin Mill, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk
café with 8 tables and 14 seats.
• 477 Amsterdam Avenue (West 83rd Street.) Renewal
application DCA#0883095 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by 83rd
Amsterdam Restaurant Corp., d/b/a Hi Life Bar & Grill, for a two-year
consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 9 tables and 26 seats.
• 718 Amsterdam
Avenue (West 95th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 1277777 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by Iano Corp., d/b/a Acqua, for a two-year
consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 18 tables and 36 seats.
• 2728 Broadway
(West 104th – 105th Streets.) Renewal application DCA# 1221141 to the Department
of Consumer Affairs by Tokyo Pop, LLC, d/b/a Angelina Pizza Bar, for a two-year
consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 17 tables and 34 seats.
• 2756 Broadway
(West 106th – 107th Street.) Renewal application DCA# 0890575 to the Department
of Consumer Affairs by Wild Rose Management, Inc., d/b/a Meridiana Restaurant,
for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 12tables and
After deliberation, the resolution to approve
15. New Unenclosed
Sidewalk Café Applications:
• 2398 Broadway (88th Street.) New application DCA#
1351071 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Aged 88 Street, LLC, d/b/a
Aged, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 17
tables and 36 seats.
• 935 Columbus Avenue (West 105th – 106th Streets.)
New application DCA# 1347879 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Amsterdam
Avenue Restaurant, LLC, d/b/a Fortago, for a two-year consent to operate
an unenclosed sidewalk café with 20 tables and 40 seats.
• 969 Amsterdam
Avenue (West 107th – 108th Streets.) New application DCA# 1348898 to
the Department of Consumer Affairs by Ploy Dee, Inc., d/b/a Wondee Siam V, for a
After deliberation, the resolution to
approve was adopted.
Present: Mel Wymore, Jay Adolf, Andrew Albert,
Richard Asche, Brian Byrd, Elizabeth Caputo, Louis Cholden-Brown, Hope
Cohen, Kenneth Coughlin, Page Cowley, Mark Darin, Mark Diller, Robert
Espier, Miki Fiegel, Sheldon J. Fine, Paul Fischer, Marc Glazer, Victor
Gonzalez, Phyllis E. Gunther, Blanche E. Lawton, Marisa Maack, Dalia Mahmoud,
Lillian Moore, Klari Neuwelt, Lenore Norman, Gabrielle Palitz, Michele Parker,
Nick Prigo, Anne Raphael, Oscar Ríos, Suzanne Robotti, Madge Rosenberg, Helen
Rosenthal, Gabriella Rowe, Roberta Semer, Ethel Sheffer, Charles Simon,
Elizabeth Starkey, Barbara Van Buren, Thomas Vitullo-Martin, Cara Volpe, George
Zeppenfeldt-Cestero and Dan Zweig. On-Leave: Robert Herrmann, Daniel Meltzer.
Absent: Linda Alexander, Ulma Jones, Judith Matos and Haydee Rosario.
Transportation Committee Meeting Minutes
Andrew Albert and Dan Zweig, Co-Chairpersons
June 8, 2010
Broadway (West 101st Street) Renewal application #B00256 to NYC Taxi
and Limousine Commission by Fast Operating Corp., d/b/a Carmel Car & Limo
for a For Hire Base Station License.
(owner) presented. When questioned by Ken Coughlin about signage, he said he
would find out.
Committee Approves: 9-1-0-0;
2. Request to name secondarily the southwest corner
of West 64th Street and Central Park West in honor of the
New York Society for Ethical Culture. Committee
Approves “Ethical Culture Way” as a permanent secondary re-naming: 6-2-0-0;
3. Request to name secondarily West 82nd Street
between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive in honor of Paul
Paul Harding Jr.
presented that his father was the HRA Deputy Commissioner, a great
philanthropist, and co-op board member from 311 West 82nd Street. The
Committee suggested the applicants provide petitions and other documents
confirming community support. Committee suggested a plaque in lieu of a
secondary street naming. Group will return next month.
4. Application #1355062 to the Department of
Consumer Affairs by Iqbal Sayyed to construct and operate a newsstand at the
southwest corner of Broadway and West 70th Street (in a bus stop)
Applicant, Mr. Sayyed, presented. He said the newsstand is
60 feet from the bus shelter, which is why DOT approved the application.
Applicant will get a refund from DCA. Committee says application is
5. Application #1355061 to the Department of
Consumer Affairs by Iqbal Sayyed to construct and operate a
newsstand at the southwest corner of Broadway and West 73rd
Street (in front of Chase Bank).
Applicant, Mr. Sayyed,
Ann Cunningham of the Tempo Hotel Tenants
Association testified that the plan is unacceptable. She said that
the notice was not posted. Marcel Rosenblatt said she is
Mr. Iqbal said he tried to post but Lincoln
Square security turned him down. He tried again two days later and
succeeded. He gave a list and photographs. He also says
that his newsstands have cameras and provide security.
Committee requested site plan and will postpone a vote
until next month.
6. Shai Waisman from Riverside Boulevard,
spoke about the dangers of the street, which spans 61st through 72nd Streets,
because there are no traffic lights. He presented petitions signed by 700
residents -- 60 of whom met with Board Chair Mel Wymore on the morning of June
8. Group is requesting traffic lights. Roberta Semer, also a resident of the
area, explained the history and confirmed the danger. She added Freedom Place
has a stop sign, but there are also issues with street signage. Daniel
Gonzalez, resident manager, 220 RS Blvd, presented. A 12-year resident of
the area, Dr. Kharbonda, an ER physician, added the area is especially dangerous
for children and is worried about his own children. Dan Zweig discussed
alternatives that are currently being offered, including a slower area speed
limit and increased enforcement by NYPD and TLC. Roberta Semer suggested a
walk-through with DOT be scheduled. Mr. Weitzman also suggested that the
Community Board put pressure on Extell at the June 15th meeting.
The following facts and concerns were considered in
arriving at our conclusion:
The connection between
Riverside Drive & Riverside Blvd is imminent.
are no traffic signals anywhere along Riverside Blvd.
Many safety concerns have been raised by residents along
Riverside Blvd, including many near-misses, and collisions between pedestrians
& automobiles, and
The connection will mean much
more traffic along Riverside Blvd,
THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED THAT Community Board 7/Manhattan implores DOT not to open the
connection between Riverside Drive & Riverside Blvd until adequate safety
measures have been taken, including installation of traffic signals along
Riverside Blvd; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT
Community Board 7 calls on Extell and DOT to make it safer immediately.
7. District Needs Statement – Discussion of
Funding for additional enforcement of
vehicular regulations so that traffic controls are observed.
Speed cameras requested.
on Red signs requested for Broadway malls for the following streets: 108th
Street, 100th Street, 82nd
Street, among others.
Committee agreed to meet on the corner of West 61st Street and Amsterdam Avenue,
Wednesday, June 16 at 8
a.m. to review traffic patterns
near the schools.
9. Marc Glaser brought up
the issue of possibly charging Muni-meter parking on Sundays. Mr. Glaser said
cars are parked throughout Sunday and are most
likely employees of businesses.
10. Public member
David Zelman requested that the 79th Street crosstown bus lay over on the
of the block between RSD and the Rotunda
be moved. Andrew suggested the layover occur on the north side of the
street so as to not obscure peoples’ view.
Business & Consumer Issues Committee Meeting
Michelle Parker and George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero,
June 9, 2010
Applications to the SLA for a two-year liquor licenses:
1. 25 Central Park
West (West 62nd Street.) 25 CPW Café Associates, d/b/a Central Park
West Café, Represented by; Greg Hunt, applicant, his attorney, Mr. Donald
Bernstein, his landlord’s attorney, Mr. Robert Davis, and approximately 50
residents and neighbors who spoke for and against the application. The applicant
agreed to amend his hours of operation to close at 1:00 AM Sunday thru Tuesday
and at 2:00 AM Wednesday thru Saturday. Other stipulations, including but
not limited to, are: monitoring of vehicular traffic, adequate security, no
outdoor café, no live performances. Committee Disapproves, with conditions
2. 49 West 64th
Street (Central Park West-Columbus Avenue.) 48-50 West 65th Street LLC,
d/b/a “Atlantic Grill”. Applicant, Mr. Steve Hanson. Seafood Restaurant
with 299 seats. No outdoor café application will be submitted.
Committee Approves 8-0-0-0
3. 160 West 72nd
Street, Suite 2-R (Broadway-Columbus Avenue.) The Wine Workshop LTD,
d/b/a The Wine Workshop. Applicant Mr. Truly Hardy, manager. Application is for
a second floor wine tasting room, above the Acker Merrill wine store.
Committee Approves 8-0-0-0 1-0-0-0
Unenclosed Café Renewal
4. 414 Amsterdam Avenue (West 79th – 80th Streets.)
Renewal application DCA# 1016775 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by BEK
Enterprises. d/b/a Savann Restaurant, for a two-year consent to operate an
unenclosed sidewalk café with 8 tables and 17 seats. Applicant did not show, no
vote was taken
5. 433 Amsterdam
Avenue (West 80th – 81st Streets.) Renewal application DCA# 1027125 to
the Department of Consumer Affairs by Haru Amsterdam Avenue Corp. d/b/a Haru,
for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 7 tables and
22 seats. Applicant Mr. Ozay Yuzon
Approves 8-0-0-0 1-0-0-0
6. 483 Amsterdam
(West 83rd – 84th Streets.) Renewal application DCA# 1027927 to the Department
of Consumer Affairs by Good Enough to Eat Uptown LTD, d/b/a Good Enough to
Eat, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 6
tables and 15 seats.
Unenclosed Café Re-Apply
7. 519 Columbus Avenue (West 85th – 86th Streets.)
Re-Apply application DCA# 1251454 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by Food
01 Corp, d/b/a Zeytin, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk
café with 16 tables and 32 seats. Applicant, Mr. Ozay Yuzon, owner
Committee Approves 8-0-0-0
New Unenclosed Café
8. 982-988 Amsterdam Avenue (West 108th-109th
Streets.) New application DCA# 1347879 to the Department of Consumer Affairs by
Amsterdam Avenue Restaurant, LLC, d/b/a Village Pour House, for a two-year
consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 20 tables and 40
seats. Applicants, Mr. Sherman Mcqorr and Joel Garrick, owners, who have
rectified the noise problems and other issues presented by neighbors at previous
9. 187 Columbus
Avenue (West 68th – 69th Streets.) New application DCA# 1353186 to the
Department of Consumer Affairs by Roma 380 Operating Corporation, d/b/a
Bomboloni, for a two-year consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café
with 6 tables and 16 seats. Applicant, Mr. David Ruggiero, owner.
Committee Approves 8-0-0-0
10. 2454 Broadway
(West 90th – 91st Streets.) New application DCA# 1353319 to the Department of
Consumer Affairs by Big Daddy’s III LLC, d/b/a Big Daddy’s, for a two-year
consent to operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 21 tables and 42
seats. Represented by Mr. Michael Schatzberg.
Approves 8-0-0-0 1-0-0-0
11. 2518 Broadway
(West 94th Street.) New application DCA# 1353701 to the Department of Consumer
Affairs by 94 Corner Café Corp., d/b/a Café 71, for a two-year consent to
operate an unenclosed sidewalk café with 4 tables and 16 seats.
Mr. Lamcros Hliko, owner.
Committee Approves 8-0-0-0
Present: George Zeppenfeldt-Cestero, Michele Parker,
Linda Alexander, Elizabeth Caputo, Paul Fisher, Marc Glazer, Dalia Mahmoud and
Anne Raphael. Board Members: Louis Cholden-Brown and Kenneth Coughlin. Absent:
Preservation Committee Meeting Minutes
Lenore Norman and Gabrielle Palitz, Co-chairs
June 16, 2010
1. 105 W72nd
Robert James, Architect
299 Broadway #1809
The proposal is to replicate the original balcony's
appearance in all aspects except the projection from the building line, which is
believed to have been 36 inches. It is worth noting that the windows at the 1lth
floor are not French doors, but windows like the others on that facade,
signaling the purely decorative intention of the building’s original
In 2004 application made to Landmarks to legalize
balcony removal in 1990 or 1992, in order to remove LPC violation issued for
this work. Application rejected by Landmarks. Landmarks asked the
Architect to find out what balcony looked like prior to removal. Best guess what
balcony looked like in 2005 drawing was accepted by landmarks.
RJ showed drawing of the balcony, original material, and
Had to make physical probe inside the wall of
the building to determine what could be done to restore balcony. Probes found
preexisting hazardous conditions, remaining portions of balcony not removed,
terra cotta stones– were hung from existing structure, wired together and very
Had to file for a permit to remove remainder of balcony
in 2007. Did keep pieces of terra cotta soffit for molding. Structure that
exists was built in a way – projected about 36 inches – all done at one point as
one piece. Have to put the balcony back.
weighed 500lbs per liner foot, running length of façade 59 ft. Only place to
attach it is at the columns. Before you had 35 points of support, now only have
5. Proposal is to reduce projection of balcony, use fiberglass instead of
terracotta but replicate the balcony as it was.
to 14 inches from 36
Shelly Maiser, president of condo:
Balcony was decorative, not functional, would be illegal
if functional. They were prepared to replace in full but probe derailed it, now
need to lighten the load by changing material, making it safe. Fiberglass will
have gel coat to match and will be painted to match.
Questions were raised about the materials:
Does fiberglass weather the same as terra cotta?
RJ: will still look the same, look fine.
Will it be strong enough for a planter?
RJ: really there not enough space for anything to be put on
it basically will be 10”.
Are there Condo rules
Our issue is fiberglass, which cannot
support a weight of a planter. .
that Condo might want to legally tell them this is not a load bearing
Resolution to Approve: 5-0-0-0
2. 108 W74th Street
Presenter: John Ellis, Architect
343-A East 9th Street
Proposal is to restore the storefront as it is
configured in the Tax Photo. Per LPC staff meetings, the staff felt that
since we have no drawings or clearer photos showing the exact millwork
detailing, the Architect must submit his own conjectural design and put this
before the Commissioners. If they had drawings or detailed photos, they could
have restored this through staff.
Restoration of the
storefront staff approved the re-stuccoing of façade. Storefront existed for a
tailor shop from 1941 with tax photos in 1936
Darby, staff, looked at photos that showed. Did find brick infill when they took
out the storefront.
Architect indicated the first floor had been used as an
Apt. in the front and tailor shop in the back. Has been used as a full apartment
in more recent years. No issue since it is in a commercial zone, 100’ from the
corner.DOB allowed vestibule to be reverted back to commercial use. Front door
to be used as entrance to both parts of the building with separate doors on the
2nd egress part of this?
Not required since it’s going straight out.
Jay: what’s the occupancy?
construction not for anyone in particular. Floors of different heights Owner
wants the space to be one floor, even from front to back. 950 ft. for commercial
They had hoped, when we took out windows,
might find wood fragments, cement stains – nothing.
Recess store front found currently on upper Westside,
maybe 20 up to 86. Majority done in the 50’s aluminum chrome, maybe 30’s 40’s
steel but not wood. Door may have been wood.
Actual design - Tried to make it geometrically harmonious,
all lights equal, painted black, egress was done with a WPA type tile, and LPC
thought bluestone would be better.
Mark: Kind of mosaic tiles, very small ones?
JE: Yes, took two small trapezoid pieces on the floor
(bluestone) of the entrance. Right now all flush, putting back 3’6” panels that
go in 3 ft. Restore residence door for the millwork pieces damaged.
Considering the removal of the commercial door in the vestibule and use the main
door on the street. The new recess door would be glass panels. Overall concept
of the windows is from the tax photos. Trying to stick as close as possible to
Would this disturb a pair? Won’t be disturbing a
Estella Munoz, in building 108: staircase how would it
JE: no change to stairs
Alice Napier, 3 doors down 116: no idea what is going to
be done there, a café? Main concern is what is the use going to be? If adding a
doorway, will that allow more people in there?
ceiling has to be 8’. We don’t have a tenant,
they won’t file for a liquor license?
Committee re-iterated that the committee only focuses on
JE: only 29 occupants allowed. No backyard
occupants. Never mentioned liquor license.
Resolution to Approve: 5-0-0-0
Columbus: changing the HSBC bank sign
Presenter: Fabio Madanat, ICON
Coast sign Division
5058 Rt 13 N
PowerPoint presentation on changing the HSBC bank signs
and add awnings.
HSBC wants to standardize and refresh their signs. For
this location they want to refurbish interior and exterior. Want to make it
aesthetically pleasing. Very small branch, only two tellers, but convenient
location. Add two awnings to front windows and low profile halo lit signs.
LED lights, eco friendly.
Existing sign is 15‘ and would be removed and the new
sign would extend across the elevation of the front with the logo. A Blade sign,
16” radius, 18” protrusion. 16” from window to the face of the letters and
illuminate backwards to the drywall would be added. Currently has a florescent
light sign box. Existing sign is 15’; new one goes all the way across. The front
facade of the building.
On W. 74th St façade, letters on 2” aluminum, hollow
panel, painted. Created a soffit inside the branch where the letters would block
the glass. Because it’s 16” to the window, plus 1” for the letters and 1”
for the bump out, all inside, so the glass remains on the exterior. It’s an
Question about the white band stretching across the
entire facade; should be centered to where it is needed for the letters
The brick work is rusticated on the
Columbus Ave side and the sign takes away from the architectural flavor of the
Not sure what is back behind the sign.
Gabby: That’s why it’s called restoration.
Applicant indicated they could restore the rusticated
The concern is about the white sign expansion.
Center the sign and reduce the size.
The awnings cover
the vents. There will be no copy on awnings which will be a black sembrella
fabric, and the base is bronzy brown. Blade sign, only 18”, not
illuminated. Right in the front.
The black and
brown seems heavy.
Some concern about the blade sign.
This sign is not very historic. There does not seem to be another one on the
Resolution - Disapprove Columbus Avenue white
sign unless it’s reduced and centered; restore masonry behind the old signage;
and approve awnings. Resolution to Approve: 5-0-0-00.
Approve 74th St signs as presented .Resolution to Approve:
Approve the blade sign and awnings. Resolution
to Approve: 4-1-0-0.
4. 25 West 75th
Presenter: Linda Arlia
25 West 75th
Proposal to Alter Basement Entranceway
ground floor entryway surround of 25 West 75th Street is composed of white
ceramic subway tiles that were likely installed in the 1960’s. The tax
photo of the building façade from the 1940s shows the presence of a stoop which
was later removed. The Landmarks photograph from the 1980s shows the
ground floor entryway surround covered in the white ceramic subway tiles.
Proposed Entryway Materials and Design:
The 25 West 75th Street LLC proposes to remove the white
ceramic subway tile surround and replace it with a brownstone surface to match
the rest of the building façade which is being restored to its historic
brownstone color. Per the “Scope of Work” provided by the contractor, NYC
Restorations, Inc., the top layer of the brownstone’s texture and color will be
achieved using the formula: 1 part Portland cement, 1 part of type S lime, 2-3
parts of sand, 3-4 parts crushed stone, dry pigments and mix water. As the
original façade, built in 1892-93 included a stoop, there is no original design
for the ground floor entryway. To that effect, they are proposing to
replicate the entryway design of the brownstone building located at 21 West 75th
They are in the midst of doing full façade restoration.
Stoop was removed in 1980s. Want to remove the subway tile surround and use
brownstone material. The original door will remain. The paint has been removed,
the under siding, the scratch coat has been applied. The surround will look like
21 w.75th St. Was discussion about the door not changing. Door is silver
aluminum, and not being replaced.
Could staff approve the door if it’s added to
proposal? They are changing the overhead light but keeping it in center due to
Resolution to approve the proposal for the renovation to
the entryway and to encourage the applicant to replace the door to one more
appropriate to the restoration.
Resolution to Approve: 5-0-0-0.
5. 201 West 75th Street
Presenter: Richard Moses
Super Structures Engineers
The former New-York Cab Company Stable building was
designed as a horse stable by C. Abbott French and Co. and built in 1888-90.
Starting in 1910 the building was used for automobile related purposes including
as a garage, a function it continues to serve to this day. The proposal calls
for replacement of the existing wood double-hung windows at the second through
fifth stories with new aluminum double-hung two-over-two windows, set within new
wood enframements. At the fifth story arched transom windows the existing wood
transoms will be replaced with new wood transom windows. They expect to
salvage very few or no wood window components. If during construction existing
5th story window mullion decorative baluster ornaments can be salvaged then they
will be reset; however at this time they anticipate that most or all of these
ornaments will be replicated in-kind.
Based on Superstructures paint analysis of the existing
windows, they believe that the original window color is black, and the new
windows will be painted a glossy black to match. The existing kalemein windows
are to remain and will be painted to match the wood windows. The fire escape
doors are not included in the scope of work.
south facade’s existing open masonry openings (at the interior fire stair), new
aluminum louvers will be installed, finished in black to match the windows.
RM: Original building as a stable 1888-90 and now a
garage. Existing windows are wood and in bad condition; there’s a sidewalk shed
to catch falling debris. Replace double hung wood windows throughout the bldg,
with aluminum double hung 2 over 2 double within wood enframements.
Evidence not clear if the 4 over 4 on top were original,
so using 2 over 2.
2 over 2 transom windows (arch will
be in wood) all others in wood enframements. Windows are unsafe at this time.
Not replacing windows in section with fire escape they are aluminum windows and
meet the fire code.
Proposing aluminum vents to cover the fire stair,
painted black, the original color.
Going to aluminum instead of wood, for cost reasons.
Windows to be carefully sized to match the current
dimensions. Brick to brick. Wood frame around the window with aluminum frame
inside. Will try to salvage Baluster ornament.
The dimensions are close to the existing conditions.
Resolution to Approve: 5-0-0-0.
6. 428 Amsterdam Ave, dba Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
Presenters: Rosemary Ferreira/Steve Wygoda
190 E. Main Street
Proposal is to remove existing light fixtures and
conduit. They are also removing existing neon signage, decorations and the wood
panels at the bulkhead. They are proposing a new sign above the door; new wood
boards with raised panels to be painted at the bulkhead. Also, a new window
decal to match existing one will be placed on the other window. Finally, the
windows above the door are to be exposed so it looks like the designation
This work is to correct violation of the conduit
and the decorations (pigs), and adding new signage and taking down neon signage.
Restoring everything back to condition when designated, removing all the pigs,
Proposing to have the signage in the center. Wood
paneling on the bottom, in brick red color. Sign 2’6” diameter in center of
door. Stencil cut aluminum sign in center of two windows, and back lit.
Question about the white framework and the darker color
base…LPC suggested that.
The windows are fixed and
hopefully that will diminish the noise level.
Resolution to Approve: 5-0-0-0.
There was a brief discussion on the district needs
There was a brief discussion regarding coverage of the
Landmarks Preservation Commission meetings. Committee is to identify at the end
of the monthly meetings items that we are concerned about or critical. Check the
calendar and see if it’s necessary to have a presence.
Present: Lenore Norman, Gabrielle Palitz, Jay Adolf,
Brian Byrd and Mark Diller. Absent: Miki Fiegel, Blanche Lawton and Dalia
Youth Education & Libraries Committee Meeting
June 17, 2010
The Youth, Education & Libraries Committee of
Community Board 7/Manhattan met on June 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the offices of
the Community Board, 250 West 87th Street in Manhattan. Committee members
Louis Cholden-Brown, Brian Byrd, Paul Fischer, Haydée Rosario, and Mark Diller
(chair), and Board member Phyllis Gunther were present. The following
topics were discussed.
1. Need for a School at Riverside Center.
(a) Important to follow up with media covering the
ULURP meetings. Coordinate with CB7 chair on message and approach.
(b) School that the community needs, as derived
from CB7 YEL/CEC/Presidents’ Council public hearing on May 24th, community
input, CEC meetings, and other outreach, is:
i) 6-section per grade school serving grades K-8.
ii) Built in the first building constructed on the
iii) Fully programmed and with
state-of-the-art equipment, including:
(1) Large/multiple cafeterias (ensuring reasonable
timing of lunch);
(2) Multiple/dividable gyms
(weekly access for all students);
age-appropriate outdoor play spaces, preferably at grade;
(4) Dedicated space for art, music, science labs, and
(5) Wide hallways with lockers
(especially for upper grade students);
(7) Green features (e.g. “green”
roof; vegetable garden).
(c) Extell proposes to pay
for the construction of the core and shell (outer walls and floor) of a 75,000
square foot school. Extell and SCA have entered into a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) by which Extell is obligated to pay for the core and shell,
and leaves to SCA the funding of the fitting out of the raw space into a usable
(d) Extell per the MOU reserves another
appx 75,000 square foot over which SCA will have an option, at its own expense,
to pay for and build both the core and shell and then fit out the space.
(e) The full 150,000 square foot school proposed
by the developer is likely not to be large enough to accommodate the full school
that the community needs.
(f) YEL one-page summary
on the need for a new school.
i) Summary necessary
so that colleagues on the Board have accurate information about the Extell
ii) Extell is proposing to build only
half a school, and to pay for only half of that half.
iii) School Construction Authority would have an
option for an undetermined, but believed to be short, window of time.
iv) SCA turned down a similar option to build a school
on a different parcel of land in Riverside South.
v) SCA has no funds allocated in the 2010-14 Capital
Plan for new seats in our District.
concern as to whether SCA would have the funds or the will to exercise the
vii) Space reserved in proposal is not
large enough to accommodate the school the community needs.
(g) Concern that one-page summary is too generous in
its assessment of the proposal.
that including green roof and vegetable garden recommended by community in the
summary of the school needed would weaken the impact of the statement.
(i) Summary to be revised per comments received and
circulated to full Board.
(j) Summary as revised
attached to the minutes.
2. NYPL Branch Library
Budget. Susan Singer, Library Manager at the Bloomingdale Branch
Library, and Petra Kolokotronis, Branch Manager at the Riverside Branch Library,
joined the discussion.
(a) Current proposed
budget is devastating to the NYPL branch libraries.
(b) Impact of the cuts:
i) Branch libraries already being forced to cut hours
of operations even before the new budget takes effect.
ii) 6-day service seriously threatened – expect branch
libraries to be able to remain open only 4 days per week under the new
iii) Mayor’s budget cuts $37 million, or
roughly one-third of the current funding.
iv) Expects to lose 40% of current staff.
v) Most children’s programs would be cut. This
includes early childhood literacy support, teen programs, etc.
(c) Those most deeply affected by the economic
downturn have used the branch libraries in great numbers, including those using
the libraries to access the internet for job searches and job-readiness skills,
those availing themselves of the research and the lending library services, and
those needing space for composition and contemplation.
(d) CB7 already places the maintenance of 6-day
service at branch libraries in its list of budget priorities and in its
assessment of District Needs. CB7 has already given its strongest
endorsement for continued funding.
(e) Letter-writing campaign by the NYPL: “Don’t Close
The Book on Libraries”
i) Sample letter available
in branches – CB7 to post sample letter on its website and use its e-mail list
serv to circulate and draw attention to it.
will offer to collect signed letters of support and forward to branch
iii) CB7 will reach out to NYPL
government affairs to coordinate.
3. District Needs
(a) New format proposed by the
Chair, with input from Louis Cholden-Brown and the Steering Committee.
(b) Purpose of the District Needs Statement is to
identify unmet needs in our community.
format seeks to couple the identification of unmet needs with a strategy or
practical approach to finding and/or implementing a whole or partial solution.
(d) DNS used in interaction with City Agencies,
and in Borough Consultations. Also informs CB7 Budget Priorities.
(e) Sample DNS template provided to committee.
Committee began discussion of topics.
to be circulated to full committee.
in new format to be finalized at the July 15 YEL meeting. Request that
revisions to the template be provided in advance.
4. New High School
Project. Rebecca Pawel, currently at the High School for
Enterprise and Business Technology in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, participated in
(a) Seeking to form a new high
school that emphasizes the learning multiple languages as a core element of the
(b) Letter of intent submitted to the
DoE – first step in the DoE new school innovation process. Next step is to
be invited for an interview if the application and letter of intent are
considered complete and to have merit.
possible opening would be September 2011.
(d) DoE New School Development function pushes
applicants for community input and involvement. Developing a planning
team, to include high-school age members and community members.
(e) Concern that many newly formed high schools are
selecting students who achieve at high levels. Need a commitment to serve
all populations, including ELLs and students with IEPs. Belief that all
students can be successful in foreign language.
(f) Current trend back to career and technical
education would be welcome at proposed school – e.g. translation and
interpretation skills could be viewed as a career track.
(g) Building partnerships to support proposed school –
including ATA (American Translators Association; Replications,
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm
Present: Mark Diller, Brian Byrd, Louis Cholden-Brown,
Paul Fisher and Haydee Rosario. Board Member: Phyllis E. Gunther. Absent:
Marisa Maack, Helen Rosenthal, Gabriella Rowe and Cara Volpe.
CB7 Youth, Education &
Summary of School Issues re
June 29, 2010
1. Schools are Already Overcrowded.
(a) Over 160 families on wait lists South of 81st
(b) "Gifted & Talented," Dual Language
programs at risk of closing due to space.
sizes exceeding targets; art, music and science spaces being eliminated.
(d) PS 191 cannot absorb the overflow.
2. CB7 Core Principles: “Public
Education: Increase public school capacity necessary to serve the current
and future needs of the community (Community School District 3).”
3. School Needed by the Community: [from CB7
YEL May 24th public hearing attended by 240 parents; Borough President’s UWS
“War Room”; Electeds; D3 Community Education Council & Presidents Council
meetings; DoE public hearings; et al.]
(a) Serving grades K-8;
(b) 6 sections per grade (appx 1350-1650 students);
(c) Built in the first building constructed;
(d) Fully programmed and with state-of-the-art
(i) Large/multiple cafeterias
(ensuring reasonable timing of lunch);
(ii) Multiple/dividable gyms (weekly access for all
(iii) Separate, age-appropriate outdoor
play spaces, preferably at grade;
space for art, music, science labs, and student services;
(v) Wide hallways with lockers (especially for upper
(vi) Flexible auditorium space;
(vii) Green features (e.g. “green” roof; vegetable
4. School Proposed in the DSEIS Does Not Meet the
(a) Extell “reserving” 151,598
gross square feet, which the DSEIS asserts will serve 1,332 children, (DSEIS ch.
4, Section B at 4-1) – FEWER than needed.
6-section per grade K-8 will enroll between 1350-1650 students.
(ii) Existing schools in District 3 of appx 150K sq ft
cannot accommodate the size of school needed.
(b) Extell commits to build only HALF a school, and to
pay for HALF of the HALF.
(i) Extell will
fund only the construction of the “core and shell” of half the school it
proposes (appx 75K sq ft). (DSEIS ch. 4, Section B at 4-1 to -2.)
(ii) SCA would be required to fund the cost of
converting raw “core and shell” space into classrooms, hallways, etc.
(iii) Extell estimates the smaller school would serve
480 students, or the enrollment expected from Riverside Center only.
(iv) Extell offering SCA an option to build the
remaining appx 75K sq ft – at SCA’s expense. (DSEIS ch. 4, Section B at
(v) SCA turned down a previous option to
build a school at Riverside South.
Overcrowding Alone Could Fill the entire School.
(d) DSEIS does not commit to building the school in
the first building constructed.
Health & Human Services Committee Meeting
Madge Rosenberg and Barbara Van Buren,
June 22, 2010
Age Friendly NY Study of our district by NY Academy of
Medicine and NY City Council.
The co-chairs reported on
a meeting of community residents suggesting how to better serve our growing
senior population. Ruth Ellen Simmonds of One Stop Senior Center hosted
the meeting and will be the point person from our community. The CB7
Transportation Committee street-by-street project could contribute to the
study. Safe Haven project of West Side Crime Prevention Program
should be extended to seniors.
The primary focus of the meeting was a discussion of
City Council Intro 79 requiring the Department of Homeless Services to notify
communities before they open homeless shelters. As this is something
that has been a problem for CB7 for many years, the Committee was supportive of
the resolution, but offered some suggestions to close any loopholes the
Agency might find.
CB7 supports NYC
Council Int. no. 79:
• Requiring Department of Homeless Services allow
the public to more fully participate in the process of location of temporary
housing. DHS should give written notice 30 days in advance to the Council Member
and the Community Board in the area where transitional housing is to be located,
including “emergency” and “annex” housing.
• Notification shall include the address, number of
people to be housed, the name of the person or entity operating the
transitional housing, the name of any organization whether for-profit or
not-for-profit, that will provide services to the occupants, the type of
transitional housing and a description of the services that will be provided.
• Standards should be set for landlord, building,
social service and security providers. Certification will be issued if standards
are met and major violations are cured.
• Standards and certification will be made public.
• Price and source of funding for emergency
transitional housing should be public.
The community advisory board for the 232 West 107th
Street transitional shelter has not been formed yet. There have been no reports
of problems on the block. In November, when this will no longer be a
transitional shelter, the community wants to explore making the building into
permanent, affordable housing.
Present: Barbara Van Buren, Madge Rosenberg, Robert Espier,
Miki Fiegel, Sheldon J. Fine and Phyllis Gunther. Absent: Judith
Matos. Community Participants: Judy Martinez, Steven Muchnick
MCB7 DISTRICT SERVICE CABINET
Penny Ryan, District
Wednesday, June 23, 2010, 9:30-11:00AM
250 West 87th Street
Welcome to Captain Christopher McCormack, commander of
the 20th Precinct. Previously, the captain was in charge of training and
placement of Manhattan North rookies, and prior to that position he was a
• For the year,
there has been a drop of 13% in overall crime and 50% in Grand Larceny.
• The captain initiated bus patrols due to
reports of violence against seniors on the M104. Cops are now patrolling buses,
especially at major intersections.
6/22/10: A 68 y/o woman who committed 12 burglaries going back to 1960. Police
believe she posed as a domestic cleaner to gain access to apartments.
•QL graffiti arrest: GONZO, the graffiti
offender, was caught while defacing a Wachovia Bank, will be charged with
sixteen counts of graffiti vandalism.
•Remembrance of Detective Joseph E. Seabrook, 20th
Precinct, who was part of the Amsterdam Houses/Addition team. Det. Seabrook will
be missed by his fellow officers and the community, especially in Amsterdam
Houses where he headed a narcotics enforcement undercover team. The operation
led to 28 recent arrests. Det. Seabrook passed away unexpectedly from Type 4
Presentation by Caroline
Bragdon, DOHMH, on the rat-indexing program that will begin in CB7 in
July, and information on how DOHMH will coordinate with other agencies on
• Indexing: New pro-active approach at
DOHMH has resulted in a reduction in the number of rats in other parts of the
City. Owners know inspectors keep returning until problem is resolved.
• District 7 will be indexed in July for three to four
weeks. ALL properties will be inspected for signs of rats.
• Collected data will be mapped; property owners in the
most intense areas will be targeted for training at the Rat Academy. The academy
teaches owners, supers, managers, and others simple techniques that help prevent
• DOHMH works with DSNY, HPD, DOB, and FDNY
on residual problems in buildings.
Agency Reports and
• Parks: Budgets – no backfill of
staff, being reduced through attrition. Riverside Park has been able to maintain
a consistent staff. However, citywide there has been a 50% decrease in staff
that picks up litter. Broadway malls will be painted starting Friday, June 25.
NYPD: Compstat, Traffic Stat, and Quality of Life
• The 20th Pct is down in accidents
with injuries, summonses are up.
about idling tour buses on 72nd Street & CPW led to a change in tours on the
weekend to help remedy the conditions.
Issued 111 criminal summonses for the month.
At Amsterdam Houses: There were ten arrests for
the 30-day period, 73 arrests year-to-date, mostly for trespassing and
• The 24th Pct is down in accidents; bikes going
the wrong way caused most bike on car accidents. CB7 requested bike accident
data from precincts.
Overall crime is up.
Eight robberies last month – PBMN gave extra resources, now had only one robbery
96th Street & Broadway: There
is a very hazardous condition for crossing pedestrians; larger, and more signs
are needed as soon as possible. There are many minor fender benders in the
intersection as cars turn.
repainting the 96th St / Broadway crosswalks and turning lanes this season.
The MTA will conduct a traffic pattern study
when construction ends.
Jesse Bodine, Gale
Brewer’s office, suggested that DOT and CB7 talk with MTA and Parks about
installing safe pedestrian crossing signs inside the station and the
• NYPD and DOT inspection of signage at the
intersection of 71st Street and Amsterdam Avenue: DOT preliminary inspection
found no problems. DOT to conduct joint inspection with the 20th Pct and CB7
• NYPD and TLC
enforcement on Riverside Boulevard, 72nd -64th Streets. Problem is that the
streets are still privately held but they need traffic control devices,
especially because of speeding taxis and livery cabs.
Residents want a school crossing guard but the
area does meet NYPD traffic and accident criteria.
Area does not meet federally mandated standards
for traffic control devices.
CB7 and Council
Member Brewer sent letters to the TLC requesting enforcement.
• NYPD/NYDA: Update on drug arrests at Amsterdam
Houses – 20th Precinct, NYDA. DA’s office to follow up. NYPD requested the
playground close on schedule.
OFFICE: Route for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade – follow up with 20th
• Con Edison: Small business
program targeting postal zip codes 10023 and 10024 in an outreach effort to
promote ConEd’s “Small Business Direct Install” energy efficiency program.
Will be doing outreach to eligible businesses.
Will pay up to 70% of changes. Merchant does
not have to pay for study.
• FDNY: Inspections of
lower level stores in 808 Columbus Avenue and recommendations. The Chief found
that the stores passed inspection (signage in store could be better) but the
building stairwell does not have directions or egress signs. DOB will inspect
for proper signage. FDNY has training.
DOB can do a half-day inspection of buildings in
CB7 that need proper fire signage. Need a list.
Fire calls up 5%.
Concern about loss of parking for precinct and
fire departments. CB7 will work with agencies to look for alternative parking
• DOT/NYPD/FDNY: Columbus
Avenue protected bike lane is coming. There will be an inter-agency meeting in
July to resolve issues.
• DOT and DOB: List
of ATM inspections installed outside businesses. Need follow
• DDC catch basin
replacements in CD7. 79th & Amsterdam, 86th and Amsterdam, and RSD &
103rd Street, will be delayed several months because of hard rock excavation and
extensive utility rerouting.
• NYPD/FDNY/DOB/DCA: An illegal vendor on Broadway and
103rd Street has set up a “business” in a structure that is in an alley
entrance; rug merchant on Broadway and 91st Street. FDNY inspected and found no
problems, DOB will inspect to determine if it is legal.
• NYPD: Request for M.A.R.C.H. on West 103rd Street
and Amsterdam Avenue, increased patrols. Speak to Lt. Camacho.
• HRA: Carlos Infante, last meeting is going to
Child Enforcement at HRA. New contact information will be forthcoming.
• DPR: Unlicensed food vendors on sidewalks around
Theodore Roosevelt Park and pending legislation. Needs follow up.
West End Avenue has been gutted, need to finalize permit to demolish.
330 West 86th Street, waiting for BSA – on hold.
150 West 83rd Street, completed audit with
one objection on height of steeple being combined with hydraulics.
230 West 78th Street (joint with DOT), building
is finished, DOT permits are still active, DOB will inspect and request DOT
permits be pulled if job is done.
building on West 100th Street – CB7 requested that plans be reviewed by the
Borough Commissioner’s office. Historic church next door may be damaged during
A/C installation in windows: DOB
has no regulations, they suggest following manufacturers’ recommendations and
property owner’s rules.
Clean Up: Work in CD7 to date. Working with NYPD Community Affairs in removing
45 graffiti tags in CD7. Still working in Verdi Park. At the W. 86th Street
Church, debris left on the steps is removed often, and site is visited
weekly. Will coordinate with 24th Pct & Goddard.
• Goddard: Street homeless conditions at 86th
Street & Amsterdam Avenue church, doing intense outreach because there is a
new influx of homeless. There is also an encampment of homeless on 71st Street
between Broadway & Columbus.
• Human Rights Commission: Two bias incidents in CD7.
Papers with “kill Jews” were found at the Jewish Guild for the Blind, this case
might be related to another one downtown. The other incident was at the mosque
at 1 RSD, where a worker found a glass door shattered. No arrests in either
• PSA 6 – Four major crimes reported
and overall crime is down 33% for the 28-day period, up 5% year to date.
Thirty-one arrests in 30 days. Two search warrants in Amsterdam Houses.
Wise towers family day is July 17, 2009 from
12PM to 6PM.
Our next meeting will be September 22, 9:30 AM.
Present: Penny Ryan, District Manager, John Martinez, Asst.
District Manager; Det. John Ramos, PSA 6; Capt. Chris McCormack, Lt. DeSantis,
Det. Vassallo, 20th Pct; PO White, PO Durante, 24th Pct; Det. Faulkner, NYPD
Community Affairs Bureau; Leah Donaldson, DOB; Josh Orzeck, DOT; Jenu Brar, DA’s
Office; Marc Vaccaro, Parks; Michael J. Burke, Robert Holzmaier, FDNY; Caroline
Bragdon, DOHMH; PO Donadelle, NYPD TD1; Paula Sanders, CCHR; Chris Villari, DEP;
Norberto Acevedo, DDC/OCCN; Carlos Infante, HRA; Susan Singer, NYPL; Jesse
Bodine, Council Member Gale Brewer’s office; Jared Chausew, Sen. Duane’s office;
Kristen Oates, Sarena Lewit, Goddard Riverside; Pat Richardi, Con Ed; Marjorie
Cohen, WCPP; Peter Arndtsen, Columbus-Amsterdam BID; A. Vargas, Clean Up NY.